DUE to high demand, the Ganon Baker Basketball Camp Manila has opened its doors to more people who wish to experience world-class basketball training.
Coaches in the pro and amateur categories can now join, as well as basketball athletes who are younger or older than its original 12-18 target age category.
Coach Eric Bañes, the official representative of the elite basketball trainer and skills specialist in the Philippines, said the change in the program was in response to requests from parents, athletes and coaches who want to avail of the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being trained by elite coach Ganon Baker.
The camp will be held from May 16 to 20 at the Ronac Center in San Juan City from 1 to 4 p.m., except on the last day when the session will be conducted in the morning.
Baker has worked closely with NBA stars like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Vince Carter. And he now travels the world to conduct classes in camps similar to the one he will conduct in Manila for the very first time.
He runs his Elev8 Sports Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where American and foreign players, including individual athletes and teams from the Philippines, have gone for training. Baker has been credited for changing the game of teams and individual athletes and giving them a new, competitive edge.
“The cost of the trip, the tuition and the accommodations abroad is quite prohibitive for players and coaches who want to bring their game to a whole new level. Yet there are those who make the effort simply because they want to learn from the best. Now, Ganon Baker himself is coming to Manila so this camp is a rare opportunity that basketball coaches, athletes and athletes’ parents want to take advantage of,” said Bañes, himself a certified skills coach and strength and conditioning specialist from the Ganon Baker school.
“Ganon inspires players to learn, perform and execute at the highest level. It’s amazing to see him demonstrate the drills and share his teaching methods. That’s why he is so effective as Nike Basketball’s lead instructor for skills training and development and was also connected with the Jordan brand camp. Campers learn all the right values and their physical skills and overall basketball IQ improve tremendously. He has very strong credibility in this game,” he added.
Other coaches who will be involved in the Ganon Baker Camp are Mon Jose and Aries Dimaunahan. Several pro basketball players have already signed up to participate, giving younger participants the unique chance to train alongside experienced athletes. Amateur and pro coaches have also signed up as observers at the camp. They will be given the opportunity to interact with Baker via question and answer sessions.